Tracy Gantz

Tracy Gantz is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and a regular contributor to Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News, and Appaloosa Journal.

Articles by Tracy Gantz

Rehabilitating Chronically Laminitic Feet

How veterinarians and farriers manage the chronically laminitic foot can often determine whether that horse can live a useful, relatively pain-free life. During the Sept. 17-18 Laminitis West Conference in Monterey, Calif., Bob Agne, DVM, ... Read More

Chronic Laminitis Can Increase Risk of Foot Infection

Because laminitis compromises the equine foot so drastically, horses with the disease are more prone to foot infections and abscesses. During the Sept. 17-18 Laminitis West Conference in Monterey, Calif., Bob Agne, DVM, an equine podiatrist at Read More

How Hoof Wall Resections Can Help Laminitis Cases

When laminitis develops to the point that the hoof wall is restricting blood supply to the laminae and causing further inflammation, a hoof wall resection might be needed. Amy Rucker, DVM, of Midwest Equine in Columbia, Mo., spoke about when to Read More

Preventing Laminitis in At-Risk Horses

Even though veterinarians and farriers are making progress in developing laminitis treatment techniques and researching the causes of laminitis, prevention is still the No. 1 defense against a disease that plagues all too many horses. During the Read More

Platelets Might Play Early Role in Laminitis

Laminitis begins well before clinical signs occur, at the cellular or even the molecular level, and addressing platelets might be a key to prevention or early treatment. Jamie Textor, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, an equine surgeon and PhD candidate at the Read More

Ringbone in Horses

Thanks to advancements in treatment, ringbone is no longer ­automatically career-ending. Read More

Managing Insulin Resistance Through Diet and Exercise

Insulin-resistant horses are prone to laminitis, but owners and veterinarians can often successfully manage them through strict diet and exercise regimens so that they don't develop laminitis. Ray J. Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor Read More

Understanding Nutritional Risks in Laminitic Horses

We might be feeding our horses too well, at least as far as predisposing them to laminitis. Ray J. Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, spoke about Read More

Venograms Can Catch Laminitis Early

Proper blood flow to the laminae of the hoof is critical at all times, but especially when a horse develops laminitis. Diagnostic techniques that can reveal how blood is flowing--or not--can help veterinarians catch laminitis early. Amy Rucker, Read More

Understand PPID to Help Treat Endocrinopathic Laminitis

Advances in diagnosis and treatment of equine Cushing's can help better prevent and/or treat laminitis. Read More

How To Become A Farrier

Schools and continuing education courses are designed to help farriers get their shoeing businesses launched. Read More

University of Georgia to Hold Horse Owner Seminar

The 2010 Annual Horse Owner Seminar at the University of Georgia is scheduled for Aug. 14 at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Ga. It provides a full day of programs for horse owners to learn from clinicians and residents at the Read More

Champion Thoroughbred Lava Man Starts Second Career as Track Pony

When trainer Doug O'Neill's charges head to the racetrack during training hours at Hollywood Park, a familiar dark bay gelding often accompanies them. Lava Man, who won three Hollywood Gold Cups during a long racing career in which he e Read More

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Case Confirmed in Florida

The first 2010 case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Florida's Marion county was confirmed May 24. A horse in the northwestern part of the county contracted EEE and was euthanized, according to a spokesperson for the Marion County He Read More

Hendra: People Testing Negative for Virus

In the wake of a euthanized horse testing positive for the Hendra virus in Queensland, Australia, 11 people are being tested for the disease. Six had reportedly cleared the preliminary test May 21, and all are expected to test negative.

Hendra Case Confirmed in Queensland

One case of Hendra virus has been confirmed, while an exposed horse has tested negative for the disease in Queensland, Australia. Biosecurity Queensland confirmed the case May 20 and on May 21 reported initial negative tests for the second hors Read More

CEM: Lower-Cost Stallion Testing Continues

In an effort to show that Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) does not exist or is at very low levels in the US equine horse population, the USDA is offering lower-cost testing to owners of active breeding stallions through August. It is part of a Read More

Horses Help Veterans

Soldiers who have returned from Iraq and other war-torn areas are finding solace in horses at the Ivey Ranch Park Association in Oceanside, Calif., not far from the Camp Pendleton Marine base. Ivey Ranch for the past year has participated in th Read More

Two Horses Test Positive for EIA in Montana

Two horses recently tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Montana. Read More

Equine Gunshot Survivor Off to New Home

Picaro, the Paso Fino stallion shot in the head when his despondent owner apparently killed himself and his wife, is off to his new home in Virginia. After four months of care through Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass., the horse is en ro Read More

Barn Fire: Sprinklers Save Harness Horses

Sprinklers in a barn at Plainridge Racecourse, a harness racetrack near Boston, saved some 35 horses when a fire broke out May 9. High winds could have sent flames to other barns when the blaze began about 3 a.m.

The racetrack, locat Read More

C. Gattii Fungus May Not Pose Serious Equine Threat

The fungus might not pose a serious threat to horses, according to researchers familiar with the situation. Read More

New York Police Horse Honored for Role in Foiling Bomb Plot

Miggs, the 15-year-old police horse who was one of the first responders to the failed bombing of New York's Times Square, on May 5 received carrots, apples, and cupcakes for his heroic efforts, according to the website dnainfo.com.

Read More

EIA Quarantine Lifted in England

The quarantine for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Wiltshire, England, has been lifted after three sets of tests showed horses free of the disease. The testing was required after two mares imported from Romania in December tested positive in Read More

Florida Horse Park License Plate Bill to Governor

Bills to provide funds for the Florida Horse Park through sale of specialty license plates are on Gov. Charlie Crist's desk. S 736 and companion bill HB 351 would create several spec Read More